U-M’s #FoodLiteracyForAll - Make America’s Cities Great Again: How Food Policy Can Heal & Overcome Deep Social Divides – Learn More >

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"Make America's Cities Great Again:
How Food Policy Can Heal and Overcome Deep Social Divides"
One dominant element of the American spirit is positive-ism. How much time do social cause leaders spend promoting the positive, as distinct from opposing the negative? How much energy is invested in being for, not against, making the alternatives visible, viable and actionable? Food is made for actionism, as shown by the growth of farmers markets (is there a more pleasant tool for overcoming urban-rural divide?), craft beer, urban agriculture, and hundreds of artisanal products that are rocking the food world.
Wayne Roberts, food policy analyst and former manager of Toronto Food Policy Council, is the guest speaker for the next session on Tuesday, April 4th.
Food Literacy for All is an evening lecture series, featuring different guest speakers each week to address diverse challenges and opportunities of both domestic and global food systems. The course is designed to prioritize engaged scholarship that connects theory and practice. By bringing national and global leaders, we aim to ignite new conversations and deepen existing commitments to building more equitable, health-promoting, and ecologically sustainable food systems.
This community-academic partnership course will be co-led by Jennifer Blesh, agroecologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Malik Yakini, Executive Director and a co-founder of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and Lilly Fink Shapiro, Program Manager for the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.
UM students can enroll in the course for credit and community members can attend the series for free. Food Literacy for All will take place Tuesday evenings during the winter semester of 2017. Lectures will be filmed and made available to the general public.
For more information or to RSVP to attend, visit:
Watch livestream of the lecture starting at 6:30pm ET.

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